Opinion

Classroom 2.0: Can teachers take advantage of the ed-tech boom?

Developers are getting mountains of cash to create digital tools for the classroom and teachers are eager to incorporate technology into their lesson plans. But school districts only have so much money to spend and teachers only have so much time to discover and learn how to use new software, raising questions about whether an ed-tech bubble is forming.

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Supply and demand in the new education economy

While many states struggle with high unemployment and too few jobs, Colorado has a unique problem—plenty of available and high-quality jobs but too few qualified workers to fill them. Colorado's business leaders are working with education leaders on the Future Forward Colorado initiative to align K12 standards and expectations with the rigor and requirements needed for students to succeed in college and careers.

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Vocational high schools: Career path or kiss of death?

Education professionals are split on whether vocational training in high school helps or hurts students. While the rhetoric of the last few years has centered around encouraging students to go to college as a way to find gainful employment and a guaranteed route to the middle class, some are increasing their calls for multiple pathways to those outcomes.

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Killing net neutrality kills the dreams of young entrepreneurs

The Obama administration has invested in opportunity for our nation's young people, working at each stage of a child's development to ensure that kids have the ability to succeed and thrive. But, for at least those interested in STEM fields, new FCC rules could waste part of that investment and stifle innovation.

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Encourage private investment in education

To help alleviate the skills gap, private sector industries have begun making their own investments in education. In the U.S., too few students will find their way into STEM fields on their own. They need to be shown a path, and that entails getting them excited about science and technology at an early age.

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More help needed to expand tech education

If MassCan can raise more funds from the private sector, the state and foundations, the business-nonprofit coalition hopes to train enough teachers so that, in five years, a computer science course can be offered in the majority of Massachusetts public high schools.

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State legislatures grapple with biometrics use in schools

While the efficiency benefits gained from using biometric technology can be useful, lawmakers are starting to look at restricting the technology’s use in K12 schools. Florida has legislation pending that would ban schools from collecting biometric data such as fingerprints and iris scans.

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Is the U.S. losing the tech race?

Radical changes in K12 education cannot be justified on the basis of pervasive but largely unfounded claims of widespread scientist and engineer shortages. That said, there are even stronger reasons to continue to improve science and math education.

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Computer education: Shouldn't it be part of high school?

Currently, only 19 states and the District of Columbia allow computer science courses to count toward high school graduation requirements. California is not one of them. By providing graduation credits for these courses, more students will be encouraged to explore this critical field.

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Six years for high school? Why two extra years is catching on

A new six-year Brooklyn, N.Y., high school has been called the future of vocational education in America, receiving praise from mainstream media and even President Barack Obama when he visited the campus in October. Not bad for a school that has yet to graduate a single student.

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